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guest (ɡɛst)
 
n
1.  a person who is entertained, taken out to eat, etc, and paid for by another
2.  a.  a person who receives hospitality at the home of another: a weekend guest
 b.  (as modifier): the guest room
3.  a.  a person who receives the hospitality of a government, establishment, or organization
 b.  (as modifier): a guest speaker
4.  a.  an actor, contestant, entertainer, etc, taking part as a visitor in a programme in which there are also regular participants
 b.  (as modifier): a guest appearance
5.  a patron of a hotel, boarding house, restaurant, etc
6.  zoology a nontechnical name for inquiline
7.  informal be my guest do as you like
 
vb
8.  (intr) (in theatre and broadcasting) to be a guest: to guest on a show
 
[Old English giest guest, stranger, enemy; related to Old Norse gestr, Gothic gasts, Old High German gast, Old Slavonic gostǐ, Latin hostis enemy]

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guest
O.E. gæst, giest (Anglian gest) "guest, enemy," the common notion being "stranger," from P.Gmc. *gastiz (cf. O.Fris. jest, Du. gast, Ger. Gast, Goth. gasts), from PIE base *ghostis "strange" (cf. O.C.S. gosti "guest, friend"), also preserved in L. hostis "stranger, enemy," and hospes "host," from
hosti-potis "host, guest," originally "lord of strangers." Spelling evolution infl. by O.N. gestr (the usual sound changes from the O.E. word would have yielded Mod.Eng. *yest). Phrase be my guest in the sense of "go right ahead" first recorded 1955.
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